Translocation of eggs for the repopulation of Salamandrina perspicillata

LIFE: WetFlyAmphibia

WetFlyAmphibia - Conservation of amphibians and butterflies of wetland of open areas and their habitats at the Foreste Casentinesi National Park

LIFE14 NAT/IT/000759

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Translocation techniques of Salamandrina perspicillata eggs for the reintroduction of the species.

Miozzo Marcello



To reintroduce Salamandrina perspicillata in suitable stream segments where the species was present but then disappeared or was greatly reduced.

Good Practice Description

A small part of the eggs laid during the reproductive period, in areas where Salamandrina perspicillata is present with abundant and stable populations, is taken and moved to suitable streams in areas where the species is absent or has greatly declined.

It is necessary to pay attention to some details, such as: carrying out the translocation in the shortest time possible and without exposing them to too many changes in temperature; checking that, after the translocation, there are no very intense meteorological phenomena, with floods capable of destroying and bringing the eggs downstream; analysing the collection and release sites to exclude the presence of pathogens that could be harmful to the species.

Territorial Context

National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna. The collection sites are located on the Adriatic side of the Park, where Salamandrina perspicillata is present with abundant and stable populations, while the release sites are located on the Tyrrhenian side, where the species had almost disappeared due to the introduction of trout.

Replicability conditions

There must be an abundant and healthy source population from which to take the eggs.

Dissemination material

From the LIFE GoProFor database, in the final part of the sheet, it is possible to download some material related to the project, including the Salamandrina perspicillata translocation protocol.